2023 Sailing Season

Pender Island Junior Sailing Association welcomed five new Board Members at the AGM on Jan 30th: Manfred Burandt, Dave Harrison, Celine Mills, Herman Neivaart, and Stephen Lofts.  Already they are bringing new ideas, expertise and energy. Tim Underhill has stepped down, and his time on the Board is much appreciated. 

PIJSA intends to offer:

CANSail Level 1 & 2 courses the weeks of July 10th to July 14th & July 24thto July 28th and July 31st to August 4th & August 14thto August18th.

CANSail Level 3 & 4 courses will not be held this year. Instead a FunSail program will be held August 1st to August 5th and August15th to August 19thfor more advanced students.

Students must be 9 years old at the start of CANSail Level 1 & 2 courses, which are for beginners. FunSail, students must be 12 years old at the start of the course, and to have completed nearly all the Level 2 requirements.

All students should have basic swimming ability, assisted by a PFD; Level 1 & 2 students will be required to participate in a capsizing exercise. Level 3 & 4 students appear to enjoy capsizing often!

Each course will be Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3.30 pm at the beach at Browning Harbour. Costs will be $225 for all courses and the FunSail program. Level 1 & 2 courses use Pirate class boats with usually 3 students per boat or 2 if they are adults or a big teenager. FunSail uses single-handed Laser 1s and Bytes and a couple of Laser 2s with two crew members.

Registration starts on May 1st for returning students and others in the same household. New students outside this group will register on May 15th.

All registrants must use the Checklick automated registration system. Returning students will likely see their base information when logging into Checklick, while 1st time students will be loading this information into the Checklick system. The system will immediately assign students into their preferred course (assuming availability) and offers a waitlist option if so desired. Payment will be effected by credit card.

The URL for Checklick access is:

Benefits of Checklick for 2023 include immediate assignment to your preferred course/dates and – for CANSail level 1-2 students – tracking of your past success in mastering sailing abilities. This information will remain available through BC Sailing for any recognized CanSail program in Canada.